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Aftermaths of the Arab Spring - Was it successful?

Updated: Jan 2, 2021

Arab spring was a series of anti-government protests and armed rebellions that spread like wildfire across the Middle East in early 2011. These protests all started in Tunisia when a fruit vendor set himself on fire which then spread to other Arabic nations such as Libya, Yemen, Egypt, and Bahrain.

During early 2011, there were major uprisings and riots which caused a lot of depositions of many presidents and prime ministers. These protests were heavily impacted by fake or exaggerated news articles as well as foreign interventions which lead to a lot of people protesting.

However the Arab Spring uprisings were not successful and, in fact, it created even more conflicts and problems. Most of the countries which were involved with the Arab Spring are still in conflict, most noticeably, Syria, Libya, Bahrain, and Tunisia.

All of these mentioned countries have hardly improved since 2011, and in fact, they are getting worse. In addition, the recent conflicts in Sudan and Algeria show that the uprisings in the Arab world are still continuing to spread even after a decade.

Some of the damages caused by the Arab Spring include; poverty, crime, inequality, armed revolts, and many more damages.

In Libya, for example, protests occurred against the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi in February, caused by the Arab Spring movement, even though Libya, at the time, had one of the highest standards of living in Africa, and the NATO bombing campaign caused attempts to build a democratic state after Gaddafi fell to disintegrate into a civil war between governments.

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